Former West Sacramento police officer Sergio Alvarez faces sexual assault and kidnapping charges after being busted for taking advantage of half a dozen women. Alvarez, 37, has assaulted at least six women since October of 2011. He was in uniform at the time of the assaults. After police became aware of what had happened, Alvarez was fired and arrested. Investigators are looking into the possibility that there are other potential victims.
“I am just appalled and sickened that someone that was put in the position of trust would violate that trust in such an egregious manner,” said Dan Drummond, chief of the West Sacramento Police Department. “The whole department is appalled.” According to CNN, Alvarez had worked for the police department since 2007.
Police became aware of Alvarez’s offenses in September after a woman complained about him. He was put on administrative leave and an investigation into the woman’s allegations began. The inquiry revealed that Alvarez had at least six victims. The women ranged in age from 20 to 47. Little other information has been released while police search for other women that Alvarez may have hurt.
Some of the assaults are believed to have occurred in Alvarez’s patrol car. Others happened while the former officer was on patrol and he stopped women who were walking. As a result of this incident, the police department has begun re-evaluating its practice of letting officers patrol alone late at night.
“We are looking at our procedures and the way we are accountable to each other,” Drummond said. “We want to make sure we are doing everything we can to make sure this does not happen again.”